Advair HFA

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    Brand Name:Advair HFA
    Generic:Fluticasone Propionate, Salmeterol Xinafoate
    Availability:Prescription
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2006-06-08 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
GlaxoSmithKline
This drug is available in the following forms:
Aerosol, Metered Inhalation
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2006/021254lbl.pdf

About Advair HFA

What Is Advair HFA?

Advair HFA contains 2 medicines:

  • Fluticasone propionate, an inhaled corticosteroid medicine. Inhaled corticosteroids help to decrease inflammation in the lungs. Inflammation in the lungs can lead to asthma symptoms.
  • Salmeterol inhalation powder, a long-acting beta-agonist (LABA) medicine. LABAs help to relax the muscles around the airways in your lungs.

Advair HFA does not relieve sudden breathing problems. Always have a short-acting bronchodilator medicine with you to treat sudden breathing problems.

Advair HFA is used for:

Asthma
Advair HFA is used long-term, twice-a-day, to control symptoms of asthma in adolescents and adults 12 years of age and older.

  • Because LABA medicines such as salmeterol (one of the medicines in Advair HFA) may increase the chance of death from asthma problems, Advair HFA is not for adults and children whose asthma is well controlled with:
    • an inhaled corticosteroid alone
    • an inhaled corticosteroid along with once in a while use of a short-acting bronchodilator

Side Effects of Advair HFA

Advair HFA may worsen your breathing problems. Long-acting beta-adrenergic agonists, such as salmeterol, an active ingredient in Advair HFA, may increase the chance of asthma death in some people. The package insert (labeling) for Advair HFA includes a Medication Guide (FDA-approved patient information) which contains information about these risks (see http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/infopage/LABA/default.htm).

Other possible side effects with Advair HFA include:

  • immune system effects and a higher chance of infections
  • lower bone mineral density. This may be a problem for people who already have a higher chance of low bone density (osteoporosis)
  • eye problems including glaucoma and cataracts. You should have regular eye exams while using Advair.
  • slowed growth in children.
  • increased blood pressure
  • fast and irregular heartbeat
  • allergic reactions including, rash, hives, and swelling of the face, mouth, and tongue
  • headache
  • tremor
  • nervousness
  • throat irritation

Tell your healthcare professional about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Interactions with Advair HFA

Advair HFA and certain other medicines may interact with each other. Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your healthcare professional if you take ritonavir. The anti-HIV medicines Norvir and Kaletra contain ritonavir.

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them with you to show your healthcare professional.

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